LAWRENCE COUNTY Recycling director wants money for additional bins



The company must know by next Friday if the bins will be manufactured.
By LAURE CIOFFI
VINDICATOR NEW CASTLE BUREAU
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Expanding Lawrence County's recycling drop-off program will depend on state approval to spend a grant on collection bins rather than operating the program.
Amy Labi-Carando, director of solid waste and recycling, said she expects word by Monday from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection if the change in how the grant is spent will be approved.
She said operating costs this year are lower than expected because the program started later than initially planned. Labi-Carando wants to manufacture 38 more bins if the DEP approves.
The recycling director said a decision is needed quickly because of rising steel prices. Thompson Fabricating of Wheatland submitted the sole bid for the work and its offer of $4,749 per bin is only good until next Friday, she said. That is double the manufacturing cost paid last year by the county. In 2003, Thompson Fabricating manufactured 64 bins at cost of $2,317 per bin.
The total cost to build the extra bins will be $180,462. The extra bins are needed to have replacements on hand for any that get damaged and have bins available for special events such as the county fair or festivals, Labi-Carando said.
The blue metal bins are used to collect aluminum, cardboard, paper and plastics.
The drop-off recycling bins are now available at Pulaski and Hickory township municipal buildings and the parking lot of Wal-Mart in Union Township. Labi-Carando said she is waiting for approval from Perry and Wayne townships and Enon Valley and New Beaver boroughs to place recycling bins.
cioffi@vindy.com

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